Warriors fade out

Stawell Westlift Warriors were still in their round four Wimmera Football League clash against Warracknabeal at half time, but unfortunately a second win went begging.

Stawell Westlift Warriors onballer Jesse Eckel performed well against Warracknabeal despite the loss.

Stawell Westlift Warriors onballer Jesse Eckel performed well against Warracknabeal despite the loss.

Warriors got off to a poor start finishing the first term goalless.

The goalless quarter would have been disappointing for the playing group after a strong team performance against Nhill last week had seen them claim their first victory.

"I wasn't overly concerned about not kicking a goal," coach Brad Cassidy said.

"We'd had a lot of the play and if we were persistent we knew the score would come.

"In the second quarter we turned it around."

In the second term it was all Stawell's way as they pegged the margin back to just six points at the main break.

Well and truly still in the game at half time, the message would have been to come out with some aggression.

Stawell, however went back into their shells, opening the game up for Warracknabeal.

"We will certainly look at what we do at half time from now on," Cassidy said.

"I'm not sure what it is we need to do. Maybe we need to get the footballs out during the break and keep a feel for it."

The half time break did wonders for Warracknabeal as they piled on seven goals to Stawell's one in the third term to set up a match winning lead.

Warracknabeal had several more scoring opportunities, but with poor kicking, a comeback from Stawell in the final term wasn't out of the question.

"We were getting plenty of the ball it was just a lack of scoring opportunities," Cassidy said.

Stawell won the last quarter but it was too late.

"It was pleasing to run out the game as well as we did," Cassidy said.

"Now we know our fitness isn't a problem."

The forwards will have some work to do this week with structure and space key areas, as well as their defensive pressure.

"We need to get the ball inside our forward 50, but if we don't score we need to lock it in," Cassidy said.

"We need to put more pressure on the opposition's defence."

Victorian Amateur League recruits Chris Ford and Todd Cleary continue to play their role while skipper Tom Eckel again featured in the best.

Brothers Aidan and Brenton Potter also played impressive games with Brenton continuing to lap up his opportunities in the forward line.

He kicked two goals for the day while fellow small forward Andrew Cameron was the leading goal kicker with three.

The final score for the game was Warracknabeal 10.19.79 defeating Stawell 7.7.49.

At training this week Stawell will focus on the small things offensively and trying to make their opponents more accountable.

Stawell Westlift Warriors will look to bounce back when they take on a winless Dimboola outfit this weekend in what will be another important match for Stawell.


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